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Post Reply Does anyone else feel this way? (I hate recommending things to people)
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Roboteki wrote:

Sorry was assuming anime, since you know it's crunchyroll.

but regardless it'd be the same if it was any other recommendations too, still fun.


It's fine.
It's not that fun for me. It's a tad bit uncomfortable.
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I can definitely understand where you're coming from, I myself am a big supporter of the "Just Watch Stuff" approach to anime, and it's the method I personally use (seriously, my queue is a just a random assortment of shows that have little or noting to do with each other). However, I will still recommend shows to those who ask.

Admittedly, they tend to be more 'suggestions' rather than explicit recommendations, so it's usually more like "I'm looking for something with x criteria," and I'll name a couple shows that fit and let them choose. If I have obtained a good idea of that person's taste (usually if they're similar to my own), I'll make more specific recommendations, although I'm careful not to over-recommend; I know too much hype can spoil a good show. Of course, I've probably actively recommended shows to like one or two people, so some of this is more hypothetical.
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Lord_Wunder wrote:

I can definitely understand where you're coming from, I myself am a big supporter of the "Just Watch Stuff" approach to anime, and it's the method I personally use (seriously, my queue is a just a random assortment of shows that have little or noting to do with each other). However, I will still recommend shows to those who ask.

Admittedly, they tend to be more 'suggestions' rather than explicit recommendations, so it's usually more like "I'm looking for something with x criteria," and I'll name a couple shows that fit and let them choose. If I have obtained a good idea of that person's taste (usually if they're similar to my own), I'll make more specific recommendations, although I'm careful not to over-recommend; I know too much hype can spoil a good show. Of course, I've probably actively recommended shows to like one or two people, so some of this is more hypothetical.


But it's not even just anime. It could be ANYTHING really. I don't even like doing suggestions either.


Also, thank you.
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Do you believe there are things that humans can universally declare as good? Or that have universal application? I do - and hence I will slavishly recommend my favorites of every category if given the opportunity (Puella Magi Madoka Magica, everything Monogatari, Neon Genesis Evangelion, Shiki). Subjectivity and individuality are fine to an extent, but I don't think those can be our paramount values. We share one real world, we are one particular kind of being, and there is but one truth - even if it is completely inaccessible to us.

Further, it's kind of impossible to decide spontaneously of one's own accord to watch something. I can't watch One Piece unless someone or something tells me about it - even if it's a website and not a person. And someone or something directed me to that website or person to get the suggestion to begin with. So I think the important things are (i) what the metric for evaluation is, and (ii) whether the person is qualified to evaluate something using that metric. I'll often say that I wouldn't know/am not sure about certain topics.

I feel like you're taking subjectivity too far. No one can possibly enjoy being spaghettified.
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I love giving and receiving recommendations. I wouldn't have given My Hero Academia a chance if my brother hadn't handed me a volume and told me to just read it. I loved the art, but my experience with Oumagadoki Zoo was disappointing and I didn't want to go through that again. If my brother didn't recommend it to me, I'd probably still have refused to watch it.

I like giving people recommendations too, but I don't put a lot of pressure on them to enjoy it. I know most of the manga and anime I enjoy don't have the kind of mass appeal Naruto does. Some of them require prior knowledge of anime tropes to understand as well. I just want to spread the word and maybe introduce people to a good series they would have never heard of if browsing by themselves.

But man, it's super annoying when people are persistent with a recommendation. You tell me a series? Sure, I'll give it a try. But if you follow up and bring it into every conversation we have hoping one day I'll be converted into a super fan too, I'm gonna start to hate it.
I don't care how good you think Fate/Stay is, it's not my type of show. Shirou annoys the hell out of me, and Illya, the only good girl, dies a tragic death.

I think overall, the best recommendations come from people who know you well. My brother and I grew up on the same shows, so he's got a solid idea of what I will and will not enjoy. If he tells me something is good, I'll believe him.
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OMG I really don't like recommending things. I live in constant fear that someone will think something is stupid, and always associate me with something they don't like.

I also don't like other people recommending things to me. They recommend far more than I can watch/read/eat, and it piles up behind things I want to try for myself.
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Personally I don't agree. If I know that person well enough I know what kind of anime they might be in to. If a person I don't know too well asks me my opinion about specific anime then I would ask them general questions about what sort of genre they like and if they prefer long or short anime, those sorts of questions, and answer accordingly.

But on the other hand I do understand where you're coming from. If I can't be bothered then I would tell them to read the description or something of that sort.
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